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Laurie S. Longo

Appeals Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   6 reviews

also known as JustMichiganAppeals.com, Just Michigan Appeals


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About Laurie

Learn Laurie’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    96%
    Our office has successfully represented clients in the Michigan appellate courts in a broad array of legal areas including family law, real estate law, water rights cases, boundary disputes, zoning issues, employment law, probate appeals, and more.

    34 years, 200 cases

  2. Child custody
    1%
    Family law APPEALS - Child custody, parenting time, property, prenuptial agreements, all aspects of family law (BUT ONLY APPEALS...).

    32 years

  3. Family
    1%
    Family law APPEALS - Child custody, parenting time, property, prenuptial agreements, all aspects of family law (BUT ONLY APPEALS...).

    32 years

  4. Land use and zoning
    1%
    Real property APPEALS - boundary disputes, easements, zoning, all aspects of property law (BUT ONLY APPEALS...).

    32 years

  5. Probate
    1%
    Probate APPEALS - Undue influence, competency, will and trust disputes, all aspects of probate law (BUT ONLY APPEALS...).

    32 years

 

"Ms. Longo is seen as the pre-eminent appellate lawyer in our community, and with good reason. She combines keen analysis, excellent writing skills, and common-sense advocacy to make her effective. She is my "go-to" appellate resource in my own practice, and I am happy to endorse her."

Ms. Longo has practiced as an appellate attorney in Michigan for over 20 years, focusing almost exclusively on civil appeals in the Michigan courts for cases involving the UCC, contracts, family law, including custody and child support, property law and zoning, municipal regulation, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, among others issues.

Ms. Longo was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1989 and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to private practice, she worked as a staff attorney with the Michigan Court of Appeals and as a judicial intern with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Ms. Longo holds a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law (now Moritz College of Law) and a Master’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on American Constitutional Law and American Judicial Politics. Following law school, she attended the Ph.D. Program in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning at the University of Michigan. In conjunction with that program, she designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University in property law, law and urban planning, and law and aesthetics.

Ms. Longo is also a mixed media artist and donates pieces for various local charity events including the Circle of Art (a benefit for Foodgatherers), the Bar Revue (a benefit for Southeastern Michigan Legal Aid), the summer reading program benefit for Ann Arbor Public Library, Avalon Housing, and more.

 

 

 

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We will fight to protect your rights in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.
Our appellate attorneys will fight hard in Michigan courts to help you achieve a just result on appeal!
We can assist clients across the entire state of Michigan.
Licensed for 34 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Laurie

L. S. Longo - Just Michigan Appeals
220 E. Huron Street
Suite 110
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

Reviews

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Posted by Carla | December 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer!
Laurie is an amazing lawyer, she helped me through a very difficult divorce appeal my ex filed. Super smart, meticulous and represented me extremely well- of course she won the case. Also she was supportive and kind through the whole process which gave me tremendous peace of mind. I would strongly recommend her without any reservations!
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Posted by David | June 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Superb Attorney
Laurie's practical legal advice was very useful in addressing a very complex dispute. It was not about "what could happen" but focused on what was most likely and what was practical. Well worth the money.
Posted by Kathy | November 12, 2013
Above and beyond
Lori was asked by my attorney to come in and review our existing summary regarding my case. Upon reviewing the case, Lori wrote a appeal type summary that allowed my case to move forward, as the defendants attorney was looking to get the case thrown out. Lori's legal expertise convinced the court to give my case a hearing. Lori went above and beyond just legal representation by her personal emails and calls to me, even after her services were complete, she even attended the hearing with my attorney on her own time. Lori really made a difference in my case, her professionalism, legal acumen, combined with a genuine interest in my outcome was very impressive. I would highly recommend Lori.
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Posted by Susan | June 2, 2013
Best Michigan Appellate Attorney! Laurie does Michigan Appeals cases.
Unarguably one of the best appellate attorneys in the country, probably the best in Michigan. My husband and I had a hell of a time finding a competent attorney who actually gave a damn, until he found Laurie. Many attorneys take your security deposit and you practically never hear from them again; Laurie just isn’t built that way. She got our case overturned, and even got the unjust just kicked off the case! She handily beat another rather famous and arrogant appellate attorney. We are so lucky she agreed to take on our case!
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Posted by TS | April 14, 2013
Better than I could have imagined
Ms Longo handled my case on appeal from circuit ct with the wholehearted commitment that I had been raised to believe was normal. Ms Longo demonstrated that and, imnsho, more. That she won enough on appeal to further my case is almost irrelevant compared to my opinion of her work. The legal profession is equally honoured to include Ms Longo as a member. And I;ll swear to it.
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Posted by Albert N. | April 13, 2013
Simply the Best
Whoever reads this review, I fully 100% recommend Laurie and her work... DO NOT look any further!!! I had a judgement against my wife and I related to real estate and a major bank who had hired a strong lawyer against me. I was out of the USA and needed someone who can step in quickly and help. I contacted several law firms and presented my case. Everyone right away gave me a worst case scenario and were looking to just collect money. Then I contacted Laurie who from the beginning surprised me. She analyzed my case, did a research that covered international law and standards, and most surprising and pleasant of all was that she offered to do the first appeal with the opposing lawyer for free. She responded to me day and night (I think she never sleeps:).... Always very professional and thorough in her answers and questions. Most of all she knows appeals better than anyone in The region/state.... Needless to say she was able to put the judgement aside !!!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Law Offices of L. S. Longo - Just Michigan Appeals
  • 1991 - Present
  • Owner and Artist
  • Stories and Divinations
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Staff Attorney - Prehearing Division
  • Michigan Court Of Appeals Prehearing Division
  • 1988 - 1990

Education

  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • The Ohio State Univerity
  • Masters Degree
  • 1987
  • The Ohio State Univeristy
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • N/A
  • Pratt Institute
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Froling v Pelican Property
  • My client prevailed when the Court of Appeals reversed the order granting plaintiff summary disposition.
  • In the Matter of William Petit
  • Our client received the property and all other funds to which she was entitled.
  • Consens v Bale
  • Judgment against my client was reversed and she obtained a judgment against the opposing party.
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Associations

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Attorney Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Attorney Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Attorney Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Lawyers United for Sabra Briere
  • Co-Chair
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Inns of Court
  • Master
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • First Place
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House - Grimmly Speaking Award
  • 2012
  • Best Display
  • Bookfest
  • 2012

Publications

  • Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)
  • Avvo - Be Rated or Berated
  • 2013
  • Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)
  • Appellate Practice Changes Effective January 1, 2005
  • 2004
  • Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)
  • Appellate Practice Alert
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Appellate Practice Seminar
  • Appellate Practice
  • 2005
  • Appellate Practice Seminar
  • Appellate Practice
  • 2000
  • Appellate Practice Seminar
  • Appellate Practice
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (26)
Endorse Laurie
Appeals Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Longo is seen as the pre-eminent appellate lawyer in our community, and with good reason. She combines keen analysis, excellent writing skills, and common-sense advocacy to make her effective. She is my "go-to" appellate resource in my own practice, and I am happy to endorse her."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laurie successfully appealed an extremely interesting and complicated family law matters wrongly decided by the trial court, which was initially handled by a different attorney. I was asked to represent the client on the remand. Although Laurie's appeal was done, she was so committed to this case and her client that she stayed in to both help where she could and continue to support our client. Laurie not only did an incredible job on the appeal, but she was an invaluable resource in preparing for and during the trial. Our client prevailed, but only because of Laurie's incredible skills and commitment. Because of Laurie, I looked pretty good."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laurie is a very experienced and highly competent appeals lawyer. She not only knows the nuances of the rules governing Michigan appeals, but also the practical application of those rules. Any litigant or lawyer who hires Laurie will be in good hands."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is particularly good on appeals."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laurie's understanding of appellate practice is outstanding. She finds the issues and the law to fight for her clients."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurie Longo is an exceptional appellate attorney. I have referred clients to her and I have consulted her on my own cases. In each instance, her advice has been spot on and has been conveyed with a clarity that only comes from experience. I heartily endorse Laurie!"
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known and worked with Laurie Longo for many years. She is an excellent appellate attorney. She spots issues and researches thoroughly. Her writing is clear and persuasive. She understands the rules, and appropriately applies them to the issues. She has good instincts, and the utmost integrity. I have recommended her to clients without reservation."
Appeals Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurie is the go-to appellate lawyer in Washtenaw County. She has encyclopedic knowledge of appellate standards and practice. I know she maintains a sophisticated appellate case law "snippet" database because every time I call her with a question she has a snippet to quote me. Why would you want anyone else to handle your appeal?"
Appeals Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laurie is aggressive, highly experienced, ethical, reasonable, and a decent human being. She is a top-notch lawyer in her field. Hire her with confidence."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is highly competent, efficient and gets very good results. She is also very pleasant and easy to work with."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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